The Thrashers agreed to a two-year deal with Jim Slater. He was set to become unrestricted, but probably realized the market for him was nonexistent. I used to be a big fan of Slater's potential, but from a fantasy standpoint he has never taken a single step forward.

 

Another pending UFA, Chris Mason, has been having talks with the Blues. Further to my Blues article 10 days ago, any goaltender who plays for them is a "buy low" because they will surprise with their wins.

 

The Sabres Philip Gogulla has signed to play in Germany in the fall, his native country. He had an okay rookie-pro season in the AHL, but it was clear that he would need two more years there and he probably would prefer to spend one of them or both back in Germany. His upside is a second liner.

 

Vancouver prospect Eric Walsky has signed to play in the Swiss league next year. He had no chance at the NHL it was clear.

 

I know that there are some incredibly deep leagues out there, with team rosters 60 or 70 deep. Just to speak my piece on the matter - I have to ask why. Those last 20 players on your roster have 0% chance of making it to the NHL and if they do somehow fluke it, they'd get 25 points. That one in a million player who defies all odds and somehow gets in and does well - what's wrong with drafting him when the picture becomes a little clearer? It sounds to me like there would be more skill in managing your roster. As in - cut it from 65 to 40. Try that, and see who the strongest manager is. I'm not seeing the skill in dropping nobody - or dropping that 29-year-old career European who is clearly not coming over. Anyone can just draft and draft and draft...and then when one of your hundred players flukes some NHL points, brag. But really, you're just piling up assets and hoping for the best. The NHL has a limit of 50 contracts per team, and rules as to when a player must be signed by or cut loose - and some of those NHL teams have a good 10 of those contracts just to shore up their minor league team and have some "black aces". They know the player will never be a full time NHLer. So really, the NHL has about 40 contracts they take seriously. And since fantasy hockey has no need of black aces, there is no need for such a huge roster. Those insanely deep leagues need to follow suit. There is such a thing as too big! Part of fantasy hockey is knowing who to cut and managing your roster accordingly. My two cents...

 

Buffalo prospect Zach Kassian will not have contract talks with the team because the Sabres suspended all talks until his legal issues are sorted out. He allegedly punched a man at a bar.  The team says they will work with him.

 

I would be surprised if Michael Leighton does not get the start tonight. He should. To me, the question would be for Game 7. He's been pulled twice in Chicago and has lost all three games. So if he wins tonight, does he get the start in Game 7? Well, again - he should, considering he started the other six. But the leash should be short short short - as in, two goals. Or one very early goal.

 

Someone should let Jim Balsillie know that the team in Phoenix is for sale. I wonder if he'll be interested?

 

Here is the famous Chrissy Pronger picture that the Chicago Tribune stuck in their newspaper. Frankly, I just think it's lockerroom bulletin board fodder:

 

chrissy pronger


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sentium said:

Dakkster
... I don't look at it as them getting wasted on my bench. I look at it more like I have good trading chips for the rest of the league smilies/smiley.gif About half of the league's teams have stacked farms where not one spot is occupied by a mediocre (or potentially so) player. Basically, the size of our league rewards the good GMs, as we're able to use great depth to our advantage.
June 09, 2010
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Jon Dey said:

Sovereign
Kassian... trade bait...

I think BUF will sour on him quick...cough...choke...philly...gag...T.O....

Teams that dig goons and dirty players with skill will be interested. Going to a small market or one where his attitude is expected will do wonders. BUF does not really do the tough guy thing, and I think they have shown a lack of public support for their draftee...mind you there is no cure for stupid.
June 09, 2010
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Jon Dey said:

Sovereign
I have two... teams with 48 players 23 yahoo roster players and a 25man farm.
Both are more than enough to occupy me really. I only recently filled the 25 man limit on one team, by adding all the hobey baker finalists. 1/2 of those will make the league and have some sort of career. Another 1/2 or 1/4 of the total will be fantasy worthy. It is a salary league so there is automatically a lot of movement. I cut a worthy player once a month as more info comes in good or bad a player and his likelihood. My rule is simple, if he will be a NHLer within 3 years he stays, if not he goes. No matter how good. I have been offered Turris in 2 of my 3 keepers, and will not take him, because short of the year he made the team his value is nil. There is now marginal value for next year, but not even worth giving up a first rounder for because he has not proven a thing. Some guys have held him for 3years. That is too long, and I suspect that leagues with 50+player farms just can't let go of a prospect or two. I wonder how many still have Alexandre Daigle in spot 50?

The thing I like about the leagues I am in, and guys you can take your bows for starting them (later), is that there are restrictions to the farm as well, like GP or 25 years old. Eventually they are forced out to the waivers where they belong. IMO the only player worth having past 3years on a farm is a really good goalie in a deep system or a strong establish starter, ie a Cory Schneider. He isn't going to see a lot of starts for a long time, but is worth burying on your farm because he will be gold when Luongo's contract is done in VAN and they have no cup to show for an 8M$ goalie. Too often, if they are good they will get traded anyways and become mroe valuable in the short term.
June 09, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... lockedge - excellent example
sentium - another good example, but from another angle. If you have 25 decent pro team players, and 10 farm team guys join the ranks, how many of them get wasted on your bench? The rest of your league is probably not doing as well as you, judging from that amazing depth. If those are your bottom 10, your top 50 must be awesome.
June 09, 2010
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... My league (12 teams) has expanded the roster size over the last few years, so now we emulate the 50 contract limit of the NHL. 25 on the regular roster, 25 on the farm. This year (and moving forward) we'll draft to 53 and then cut it back down to 50 at Christmas. My 10 worst guys (guys like Stepan, Perreault, Kugryshev, Maroon, Bowman, Blum) are almost definitely getting prominent NHL positions fairly soon and I'd like to be able to stack even more prospects in there. But 50 feels enough and cutting the roster will be a fun challenge.
June 09, 2010
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Craig Miles said:

bizzy
... my league is 16 teams with 14 keepers and we have enough of a challenge on deciding who to keep in the top 14, it keeps us very busy and who has time to think about 60 man rosters when like Dobbs said the bottom half are meaningless, it takes the managerial skills out of the equation
June 09, 2010
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Lockedge said:

lockedge
... In terms of deep leagues, one of my leagues is a 30 team salary cap+$1M dynasty league, with 19 active - 11 Bench - 30 Prospect rosters (totaling 60) and an unlimited amount of entry draft selections that can be held onto for up to 2 years before they need to be signed.

It's deep, but it's fun. You say the last 20 players on my roster(I'm assuming signed roster here) have 0% chance of making the NHL/25 point upside?

Hrm.
1. Sergei Gayduchenko
2. Sean Collins
3. Drew Daniels
4. Tony Romano
5. Steve Quailer
6. Nicklas Lasu
7. Jonas Holos
8. Patrick mcNeill
9. Ryan Craig
10. Brian Lashoff
11. Jani Lajunen
12. Patrik Zackrisson
13. Michael Swift
14. Joel Chouinard
15. Krys Barch
16. Mark Barberio
17. Riku Helenius
18. Andrei Popov
19. Matt halischuk
20. Dana Tyrell

You might be correct. There's a chance none of these players will from here on out either make the NHL or break the 25 point mark. Yet, if some do I will be rather pleased smilies/smiley.gif
June 09, 2010
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BGJ said:

bletchley
... I've got 22 teams 16 man rosters..it's the way to go. 60-70 player on your roster just sounds ridiculous.
June 09, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I invite discussion from all who are in very deep leagues. My league is 14-team, 26-player rosters, expanding to 15 and 30 over the next five years. It is a huge challenge deciding which players to cut loose. Having 60-man rosters removes that challenge. I do know that much smilies/wink.gif
June 09, 2010
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TML said:

TML
... Have you ever tried a deep league Dobber? If you haven't then try once first. Deep leagues are very fun. It's even more challenging than a 12 man league or something. Don't you want tot challenge yourself?
June 09, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
kassian I said that - it's in there above smilies/wink.gif
June 09, 2010
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Ed said:

GoHabsGo
... More news: The Sabers suspend contract talks with Kassian due to the arrest.

http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Sabres+suspend+contract+talks+with+Kassian/3131039/story.html
June 09, 2010
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